Sustainable development in the European Union
The EU sustainable development strategy, launched by the European Council in Gothenburg in 2001 and renewed in June 2006, aims for the continuous improvement of quality of life for current and future generations. The Eurostat monitoring report, published every two years, provides an objective, statistical picture of progress, based on the EU set of sustainable development indicators. Quantitative rules applied consistently across indicators, and visualised through weather symbols, provide a relative assessment of whether Europe is moving in the right direction, and with sufficient haste, given the objectives and targets defined in the strategy. The data presented cover the period from 1990 to 2010 (or the latest year available). The statistics covered illustrate the range of issues relevant for sustainable development, and should contribute to raising awareness of the opportunities and challenges lying ahead.
Sigma – The Bulletin of European Statistics – GDP & Beyond
SIGMA - The bulletin of European statistics – 'GDP & Beyond; Focus on measuring economic development and well-being'
The new issue of Sigma deals with the measurement of the quality of life of a nation, or its well-being, as recommended by the so-called Stiglitz Report and the European Commission's Communication 'GDP and Beyond: Measuring progress in a changing world', both published in 2009.
The starting point of these initiatives was the view that gross domestic product alone was no longer the best way to measure a country’s progress and needed to be complemented by environmental and social indicators.
In an attempt to determine which indicators are needed, Sigma features experts from the European Commission and several national statistical institutes as well as reactions from independent researchers and journalists.
The issue closes with a feature on the Statistics Directorate of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.
Environmental statistics and accounts in Europe
Environmental statistics and accounts in Europe presents a selection of environmental statistics and accounts available at Eurostat and its partner institutions, such as the Directorate-General for the Environment of the European Commission and the European Environment Agency with its Topic Centres. It is an attempt to provide information on various aspects of the environment to the general public.
Income and living conditions in Europe
This book is about the incomes and living standards of the people of Europe. It treats employment, income inequality and poverty, housing, health, education, deprivation and social exclusion. The reader will learn about many of the social issues confronting Europe. How much income poverty is there in Europe? Is inequality increasing? Does a job guarantee escape from income poverty? How is Europe’s welfare state coping with the economic crisis? The book is a timely contribution to the Europe 2020 Agenda as it explores ‘the new landscape of EU targets’ and the implications for monitoring at EU and national levels.